I couldn’t make it through the Fate/stay night anime. I wanted to, but I couldn’t stand the main character; Shiro Emiya was a thickheaded invertebrate with a comically inflated estimation of his own capabilities. The show would have been markedly improved if Saber had trampled down her supine fidelity and smacked the taste out of Shiro’s mouth and then gone and did what needed to be done.
Actually, you know what would have improved the show? It would have been a helluva lot better if Rider were the star.
Rider was at the same time sensuous and sadistic, on top of having my favorite character design in the series. I was hoping mightily that she would end Shiro when she had him skewered and dangling, but it was not to be.
This incarnation, however, does not show off her aggressive side. Rather, Alter’s 1/6 scale figure has her ready to go to the beach.
Alter came out with a series of Fate/stay night figures dressed in swimwear, and of all of them Rider is my favorite, although I’m trying to figure out what that green thing is on the tip of her nose – I’ve had this figure for a few years and I’ve never noticed it before. I’m not sure if it came from the factory that way or maybe she got her nose dirtied the last time I moved.
One other thing to note is the base. I have Alter’s Saber swimsuit figure and the pegs on the base were very weak, such that Saber leaned rather badly for a while. Then they snapped off and Saber toppled over, and I have yet to come up with a way to repair her so that she can stand up again. While Rider isn’t leaning yet, she does wobble more than any of my other figures whenever I open my display case.
This is a really nice figure, transforming Rider from blindfolded murderess to seaside bibliophile. Details like her curiously square pupils are a nice touch, and her ankle-length braided tresses add a hint of disarming playfulness to her personality. This is a rather straightforward figure, but one that I like a lot.